How I made $350 this year by selling our JUNK

How I made $350 this year by selling our junk

I’m not sure if it’s nesting or what, but I’ve become obsessed with decluttering our lives this year… And when possible, making money while I do it.

I made $350 this year by SELLING MY JUNK. You can, too! Here's how: Click To Tweet

It started with ThredUp (aff link: if you sign up with my link, you get $10 to spend and so do I!). I’m notorious for “cleaning out my closet.” And by cleaning, I mean bagging up a bunch of clothes I no longer wear and then letting that bag sit up against the wall in our bedroom for 6 months because I’m too lazy to take it to Plato’s or Goodwill. Enter ThredUp. They literally send you a trash bag sized mailing envelope for you to pack your clothes inside and they pay for the shipping to return it to them! So I stuffed my clothes in the bag, actually made it to the post office and off they went!

Then I made $54.50 in PayPal cash. Score.

And it continued with eBay. How many of y’all had wedding showers where you received multiples of items you couldn’t return? We sure did. And I kept them, of course, telling myself I’d re-gift them at other showers…. Which turned into those pesky things sitting in our spare closet for the past 3 years. Ugh… Anyone else?!

Well, I got brave and made a few eBay listings. And they sold!!!

I made another $66.71 from selling perfectly usable items that had been simply taking up space in our lives. Win.

And then I learned about Amazon’s trade in program (aff link). How have you all kept this secret from me all these years?! Amazon will buy your DVDs, books and electronics in exchange for Amazon gift cards. Yes. Please. We have so many DVDs and books we won’t ever watch or read again that just take up space.

So I logged on and got rid of 20 DVDs and 1 textbook for $36.37.

It wasn’t much, and honestly I was a bit disappointed with the dollar return on this one, but something is better than the NOTHING I had before, right? And having less stuff has been so freeing to me. Unfortunately Amazon didn’t take most of our books, so I stumbled upon and found a few other sites that would buy our books!

I ended up using Powell’s and and sold 10 more books for $18.57!

They also paid for shipping so, again, I’m getting paid and GETTING RID OF STUFF I DON’T NEED! Ugh, I could just cheer myself on right now I’m so excited.

And, finally, I ventured to CraigsList. It was scary, but I did it anyway.. And I’m so glad! Believe it or not, I won an Instagram loop giveaway a couple months ago (I know, right?! I kind of thought those were scams but I guess not!;)) and accumulated some things I loved and some things I didn’t need, including a stroller and FitBit. I listed the stroller on CraigsList and sold the FitBit on good ole Facebook!

I made $165 off those guys.

So, for a grand total…. $54.50 + $66.71 + $36.37 + $18.57 + $165 = $341.15!!!

The minimalist and financial planner in me has been having a blast finding ways to make a little money and clear some space around here! Have you tried any of these methods? What about other options? I’d love to know how it goes! For example, I’ve wondered about PoshMark… Anyone tried it?

  • Miranda O’Brien

    I’ve been dyiiiinnnnng to sell books and clear up some space and I’m looking into Powell’s and SellBackYourBook as I type this. Thank you for sharing!!

    • I hope it goes well!! will show you which places will pay the most for each book! That’s how I found Powell’s and SellBackYourBook!

  • We need to do this. We have a ton of junk laying around the house.

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  • WHOA!! This is awesome! I haven’t heard of Threadup, I use Vinted and have made about $50-some too! It’s too easy! 😉 My husband likes to sell on eBay as well. I’m sending this to him so we can find more ways to sell our things! 🙂 Great post!


  • I’ve seen ThreadUp everywhere but I’ve never actually used it because I figure selling to Plato’s is just easier. Question, do you think ThreadUp pays more than Plato’s?

    • I do! I’ve never felt like Plato’s gave me much for my clothes – and they were always great brands and lightly used!! I’ve only used ThredUp that one time for selling, but I definitely was more impressed than my experiences with Plato’s.